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New arrest Second man (30s) arrested by gardaí investigating Ashling Murphy murder

He has been detained at a Garda station in the Eastern Region

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Ashling Murphy (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann)

Ashling Murphy (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann)

Ashling Murphy (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann)

A man well-known to the chief suspect in the Ashling Murphy murder investigation has been arrested on suspicion of withholding information.

The man, in his 30s, has been detained at a Garda station in the Eastern Region.

Gardai say he was arrested in relation to "potential withholding of information" in relation to the murder of the 23-year-old primary school teacher as she jogged along the Grand Canal in Tullamore last week.

It comes as Gardaí are continuing to question a male in his 30s who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.

He remains in Tullamore Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

“Gardaí investigating the fatal assault on Ashling Murphy that occurred at approximately 4pm on Wednesday, January 12 along the canal bank at Cappincur, Tullamore, Co Offaly continue to question a male in his 30s who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder,” gardai said in a statement this morning.

“The man’s detention at Tullamore Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 continues this afternoon.

“An Garda Síochána have arrested a second male (30s) in connection with this investigation.

"This male is detained at a Garda Station in the Eastern Region under the provisions of Section 30 Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended, being questioned in relation to potential withholding of information contrary to The Offences Against the State (Amendment) Act 1998."

Ashling Murphy was laid to rest yesterday following a funeral mass attended by her heartbroken family, friends and State dignitaries including President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheal Martin

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